Roberts Creek has always been the Coast’s ‘green hub,’ with an emphasis on growing and securing our own local food supply. The late Robin Wheeler, founder of One Straw Society, was a strong, early advocate for local farmers and their value to a strong community. As a result of this, the Creek is one of the few small communities to host two weekly farmers markets throughout most the spring, summer and fall. The very popular Farm Gate Market runs every Wednesday from 3 to 6pm outside Roberts Creek Hall (on Roberts Creek Road, near the highway intersection). This market features an abundance of fresh produce, home-baked goods, and organic, free-range eggs from a wide variety of Coast farms. More info at www.onestraw.ca
Every Sunday from May through to October, browse the Roberts Creek Heart Market (in the central garden of the Heart of the Creek complex) for local artisan wares, locally-grown organic produce and great live music. Recently, the market featured Ananda the Cheese Man from SunCreek Farms, Soleia from Om Made Creations, Kalawna from Infinity Healing Room, Colleen from Craighaven Farms and Annette from Easter Egg Farms. The market runs from 11am until 2pm; new vendors are warmly welcomed. Applications are available at Roberts Creek Health Food Store. More info at www.heartmarket.ca
The Creek’s Gumboot Restaurant with a new, refreshed menu keeps to the theme of fresh and local, producing much of their own vegetables and salad greens in their backyard garden and purchasing from local suppliers wherever possible. During the summer, live music at the restaurant’s gazebo draws patrons to the patio area to enjoy the warm summer breezes. Next door, the Gumboot Café features fresh and organic baked treats and snacks. The walls of this funky coffeehouse regularly host exhibitions of local artists’ works, and the tiny space frequently features live music. On Saturday, June 8 at 8 pm catch Subcodes 03 at the Café. This Laboratrio Production features Coat Cooke on sax, Kedrick James on electronics and vocals, Brad Muirhead on trombone, Barry taylor on drums and Giorgio Magnanensi on electronics.
Locals in the know like to enjoy local chef Rashmi Singh’s homemade curry creations, which are only available for take-out and only on Thursday evenings. Using only the best local organic ingredients when available, Curry in the Creek produces healthy, delicious vegetarian and meat entrees and snacks. Curry in the Creek has been running for several years and many people wouldn’t know what to eat Thursday night if not for Rashmi’s amazing meals to go. More info at www.curryinthecreek.com